James Earl Jones was the first black president I’d ever seen – he was The Man, which I saw as a kid on TV (I think I also read the novel, which I remember being very different). What others? There’s the president on 24 (I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard), and apparently Morgan Freeman was the president in Deep Impact, according to an NPR segment last year on the subject. This post last week at a movie blog also lists the presidents in Idiocracy and Head of State, both of which are kind of clownish; that post also lists the president from The Fifth Element (a great movie, by the way), but he was president of Earth, not the United States. This story from the Minneapolis paper also lists 1933’s Rufus Jones for President, starring an 8-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. in his first film where he somehow gets elected president (you can see the whole thing — it’s short — starting here). A piece from Slate last month says Danny Glover will play the president in an upcoming film called 2012. Are there others? TV shows, novels, whatever?
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